Ruth is a parable as well as a love story.

Please view the parabolic explanation that follows chapter 4.


Ruth was not a Moabite by race, she was an Israelite (likely of Reuben) living in the land of Moab.

The land of Ammon and Moab were cleansed by the Israelites before this time.


The territory of the Moabites was originally east and north east of the Dead Sea. Moab's borders extended from the Arnon River on the south to the Jabbok River on the north, from the Dead Sea and Jordan River on the west to the mountains on the east. It was called Moab after the people who once lived there.


When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, after their 40 years wandering in the Exodus, the land of Moab was the first territory they conquered.  Yahweh had commanded them to totally exterminate the former occupants of the lands they were to settle: and in Moab, they did so. At that time, about 1450 BC. Sihon, King of the Amorites, had conquered and occupied the kingdom of Moab, and was it's ruler when the Israelites came in.


Numbers 21:25-29

25  And Israel took all these cities: and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon, and in all the villages thereof.

26  For Heshbon was the city of Sihon the king of the Amorites, who had fought against the former king of Moab, and taken all his land out of his hand, even unto Arnon.

27  Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the city of Sihon be built and prepared:

28  For there is a fire gone out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon.

29  Woe to you, Moab! you art undone, O people of Chemosh: he hath given his sons that escaped, and his daughters, into captivity unto Sihon king of the Amorites.

The Israelites conquered the land of Moab, killing all the people they found therein.

Amorites were exterminated by the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 2:32-34

32  Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz.

33  And Yahweh our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.

34  And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:

No non-Israelites were left in the area.

From here, the Israelites advanced northward into the land of Ammon.

Numbers 21:30-35

30  We have shot at them; Heshbon is perished even unto Dibon, and we have laid them waste even unto Nophah, which reacheth unto Medeba.

31  Thus Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorites.

32  And Moses sent to spy out Jaazer, and they took the villages thereof, and drove out the Amorites that were there.

33  And they turned and went up by the way of Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan went out against them, he, and all his people, to the battle at Edrei.

34  And Yahweh said unto Moses, Fear him not: for I have delivered him into your hand, and all his people, and his land; and you shalt do to him as you didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.

35  So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.

None were left alive.

Deuteronomy 23:3  An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of Yahweh; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of Yahweh for ever:


Toward the end of the 40 years wandering in the Arabian desert, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh were weary of their unsettled existence. They saw that the territory of Moab was fertile and asked Moses his permission to settle there.

Within this entire area, east of the River Jordan, settled the tribes of Reuben, Gan, and half of Manasseh, after all the original inhabitants, Boabites and Ammonites, had been killed or driven out.

Deuteronomy 3:12-16

12  And this land, which we possessed at that time, from Aroer, which is by the river Arnon, and half mount Gilead, and the cities thereof, gave I unto the Reubenites and to the Gadites.

13  And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants.

14  Jair the son of Manasseh took all the country of Argob unto the coasts of Geshuri and Maachathi; and called them after his own name, Bashanhavothjair, unto this day.

15  And I gave Gilead unto Machir.

16  And unto the Reubenites and unto the Gadites I gave from Gilead even unto the river Arnon half the valley, and the border even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;

All of this was accomplished about 1450 BC. From that time on, this was purely Israelite territory.

Today, anglo-saxon Americans who live in California are called 'Californians': but bearing this name and living in a former Mexican territory doesn't make them Mexicans. Likewise, pure Israelites living I the old land of Moab ere often called 'Moabites'.

Three hundred years later, about 1143 BC, we find evidence that the Israelite occupation of the lands of Moab and Ammon was still unbroken (Judges 11:12-26).

Israel dwelt in these lands for at least 400 years.

The story of Ruth happened only 3 generations before David, and just before the days of Samuel the prophet, who anointed Saul as the first King of Israel.

The land of Moab was in the hand of Israel during the entire time of the Judges. See Judges 11:12-26.


Approximately 1322 BC

Ruth 1:1  Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.  

 1:2  And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

Ephrathites is a term for the founders of Bethlehem. Ephrathites are not Ephraimites.

 1:3  And Elimelech Naomi's husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

 1:4  And they took them wives of the women of Moab (Israelite wives of the territory of Moab); the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

The land of Moab was the land of Gad, Reuben and ½ of Mannasseh.

As shown in the introduction, the land of Moab was inhabited by Israelites at the time. These women are Israelites.

 1:5  And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

We are not told whether conditions of life and shortage of food in Bethlehem had made Elimelech and his two sons sickly and weak in health, but we are told that all three died in the land of Moab.

 1:6  Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that Yahweh had visited His people in giving them bread.

 1:7  Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

 1:8  And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: Yahweh deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead (the husbands), and with me.

 1:9  Yahweh grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

 1:10  And they said unto her, Surely we will return with you unto your people.

Her family.

 1:11  And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

 1:12  Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

 1:13  Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of Yahweh is gone out against me.

 1:14  And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

 1:15  And she said, Behold, your sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return you after your sister in law.

The term her gods comes from the word elohiym. It should be understood as her land, or her judges.

Hebrew idioms are sometimes hard to understand.

The idea of local gods owning the territory still survived in these idioms. The expression her gods, when it was applied to Jacob's wife Rachel, refers to the land she was to inherit from her father's estate.

E. Raymond Capt shows that it means deeds. The title of her land, Her husband died. It's hers.

Naaman the Syrian had leprosy. Elisha told him to wash seven times in the Jordan. When he was healed he offered Elisha payment. But Elisha refused. Naaman brought dirt from the land of Israel.  2Kings 5:17  And Naaman said, Shall there not then, I pray you, be given to your servant two mules' burden of earth? for your servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto Yahweh. He wanted to offer a payment regardless, and this also shows the mindset of local gods being associated with lands.

Judges 11:24  Wilt not you (Sihon, king of Amorites) possess that which Chemosh your god giveth you to possess? So whomsoever Yahweh our God shall drive out from before us, them will we possess.


 1:16  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you: for whither you goest, I will go; and where you lodgest, I will lodge: your people shall be my people, and your God my God:

The translators butchered verses 15 and 16.

The words shall be were added by the translators. This gives fuel to the false doctrine of universalism. This isn't about joining different races.

The capitalization of the G in God in verse 16 were assumptions by the translators. In verse 15, the her people were either Reuben or Gad, and in verse 16, your people were Judah. The her gods were simply the judges in Reuben or Gad, and the your God and my God would be your judges and my judges. The correct reading would be “...your people are my people, and your judges are my judges.”  

 1:17  Where you diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: Yahweh do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part you and me.

In doing this Ruth made a decision which led to her second marriage, this time with a kinsman of Naomi, whose home was at Bethlehem, and thus she became an ancestress of our Prince in the line of His humanity. In His genealogy, which Matthew gives, we see that Ruth's great grandson was King David.

 1:18  When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

Acts 21:14  And when he (she) would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of Yahweh be done.

 1:19  So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

 1:20  And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi (pleasant), call me Mara (bitter): for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

 1:21  I went out full (fulfilled- idiomatic use for family), and Yahweh hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi (pleasant), seeing Yahweh hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

 1:22  So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.



Ruth 2:1  And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name was Boaz.

 2:2  And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean (gather) ears of corn (grain) after him in whose sight I shall find grace (favor). And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

Leviticus 19:9  And when ye reap the harvest of your land, you shalt not wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shalt you gather the gleanings of your harvest.

Deuteronomy 24:19  When you cuttest down your harvest in your field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, you shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger (sojourning kinsman), for the fatherless, and for the widow: that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

 2:3  And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap (mindset) was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech.

 2:4  And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, Yahweh be with you. And they answered him, Yahweh bless you.

 2:5  Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?

 2:6  And the servant that was set over the reapers answered and said, It is the Moabitish damsel that came back with Naomi out of the country of Moab:

 2:7  And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house.

 2:8  Then said Boaz unto Ruth, Hearest you not, my daughter? Go not to glean in another field, neither go from hence, but abide here fast by my maidens:

 2:9  Let your eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go you after them: have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch you? and when you art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn.

 2:10  Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in your eyes, that you shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger (foreign kinsman)?

 2:11  And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that you hast done unto your mother in law since the death of your husband: and how you hast left your father and your mother, and the land of your nativity (birth), and art come unto a people which you knewest not heretofore.

 2:12  Yahweh recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of Yahweh God of Israel, under whose wings you art come to trust.

 2:13  Then she said, Let me find favour in your sight, my master; for that you hast comforted me, and for that you hast spoken friendly unto your handmaid, though I be not like unto one of your handmaidens. (Because she was a widow)

 2:14  And Boaz said unto her, At mealtime come you hither, and eat of the bread, and dip your morsel in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached (handed) her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left.

 2:15  And when she was risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and reproach her not:

 2:16  And let fall also some of the handfuls of purpose for her, and leave them, that she may glean them, and rebuke her not.

This indicates that the Wave Sheaf offering had already been made, so the time period is right after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Barley harvest was in full swing and the countdown to Pentecost under way. Ruth gleaned for herself and for her mother-in-law, Naomi.

 2:17  So she gleaned in the field until even, and beat out that she had gleaned: and it was about an ephah of barley.

 2:18  And she took it up, and went into the city: and her mother in law saw what she had gleaned: and she brought forth, and gave to her that she had reserved after she was sufficed.

 2:19  And her mother in law said unto her, Where hast you gleaned to day? and where wroughtest you? blessed be he that did take knowledge of you. And she shewed her mother in law with whom she had wrought, and said, The man's name with whom I wrought to day is Boaz.

Psalm 41:1  Blessed is he that considereth the poor: Yahweh will deliver him in time of trouble.

 2:20  And Naomi said unto her daughter in law, Blessed be he of Yahweh, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead. And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen.

Ruth identified Boaz as one of her and Naomi's kinsman. Ruth was an Israelite that was born in the country of Moab.

 2:21  And Ruth the Moabitess said, He said unto me also, You shalt keep fast by my young men, until they have ended all my harvest.

 2:22  And Naomi said unto Ruth her daughter in law, It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his maidens, that they meet you not in any other field.

 2:23  So she kept fast by the maidens of Boaz to glean unto the end of barley harvest and of wheat harvest; and dwelt with her mother in law.



Ruth 3:1  Then Naomi her mother in law said unto her, My daughter, shall I not seek rest for you, that it may be well with you?

1Corinthians 7:36  But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.

1Timothy 5:8  But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

 3:2  And now is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose maidens you wast? Behold, he winnoweth (spreads) barley to night in the threshingfloor.

 3:3  Wash thyself therefore, and anoint you, and put your raiment upon you, and get you down to the floor: but make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

 3:4  And it shall be, when he lieth down, that you shalt mark the place where he shall lie, and you shalt go in, and uncover his feet, and lay you down; and he will tell you what you shalt do.

 3:5  And she said unto her, All that you sayest unto me I will do.

 3:6  And she went down unto the floor, and did according to all that her mother in law bade her.

 3:7  And when Boaz had eaten and drunk, and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of corn (grain): and she came softly, and uncovered his feet, and laid her down.

 3:8  And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid (startled), and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet.

 3:9  And he said, Who art you? And she answered, I am Ruth your handmaid: spread therefore your skirt over your handmaid; for you art a near kinsman (H1350-kinsman redeemer).

Ezekiel 16:8  Now when I passed by you, and looked upon you, behold, your time was the time of love; and I spread My skirt over you, and covered your nakedness: yea, I sware unto you, and entered into a covenant with you, saith Yahweh GOD, and you becamest Mine.

 3:10  And he said, Blessed be you of Yahweh, my daughter: for you hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as you followedst not young men, whether poor or rich.

 3:11  And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to you all that you requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that you art a virtuous woman.

Proverbs 12:4  A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

 3:12  And now it is true that I am your near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I.

Since only the Israelites had such a redemptory custom, this is more proof that both Ruth and Mahlon were Israelites.

 3:13  Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto you the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman's part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to you, then will I do the part of a kinsman to you, as Yahweh liveth: lie down until the morning.

H1350 is used four times in verse 13.

Deuteronomy 25:5  If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger (distant kinsman): her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.

 3:14  And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another (it was before dawn). And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.

 3:15  Also he said, Bring the vail that you hast upon you, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.

 3:16  And when she came to her mother in law, she said, Who art you, my daughter? And she told her all that the man had done to her.

 3:17  And she said, These six measures of barley gave he me; for he said to me, Go not empty unto your mother in law.

 3:18  Then said she, Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.

Psalm 37:3,5

3  Trust in Yahweh, and do good; so shalt you dwell in the land, and verily you shalt be fed.

5  Commit your way unto Yahweh; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.



Ruth 4:1  Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.

 4:2  And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, Sit ye down here. And they sat down.

Proverbs 31:23  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

 4:3  And he said unto the kinsman, Naomi, that is come again out of the country of Moab, selleth a parcel of land, which was our brother Elimelech's:

 4:4  And I thought to advertise you, saying, Buy it before the inhabitants, and before the elders of my people. If you wilt redeem it, redeem it: but if you wilt not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know: for there is none to redeem it beside you; and I am after you. And he said, I will redeem it.

 4:5  Then said Boaz, What day you buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, you must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance.

 4:6  And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem you my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

 4:7  Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing (bartering), for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.

Deuteronomy 25:7,9

1  And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, My husband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name in Israel, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.

9  Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house.  But this guy was just a nearer kinsman.

 4:8  Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for you. So he drew off his shoe.

 4:9  And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech's, and all that was Chilion's and Mahlon's, of the hand of Naomi.

 4:10  Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day.

Deuteronomy 25:6  And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeed in the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put out of Israel.

 4:11  And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. Yahweh make the woman that is come into your house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do you worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:

Psalm 127:3  Lo, children are an heritage of Yahweh: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.

Psalm 128:3  Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: your children like olive plants round about your table.

 4:12  And let your house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which Yahweh shall give you of this young woman.

 4:13  So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, Yahweh gave her conception, and she bare a son.

 4:14  And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be Yahweh, which hath not left you this day without a kinsman, that His name may be famous in Israel.

This is also referring to Christ. Our Kinsman Redeemer.

 4:15  And he shall be unto you a restorer of your life, and a nourisher of your old age: for your daughter in law, which loveth you, which is better to you than seven sons, hath born him.

 4:16  And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom (inside the shirt at the waist), and became nurse (care giver) unto it.

 4:17  And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

1Chronicles 2:4  And Tamar his (Judah's) daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.

 4:18  Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron,

 4:19  And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab,

 4:20  And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon,

 4:21  And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed,

 4:22  And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.


Ruth is a Parable

The story of Ruth is a Messianic comparison of Israel’s relationship to our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

First of all, the fact that Ruth lives outside of Judah is important. The country of Moab symbolizes Israel’s separation from Yahweh. Ruth represents Israel in Exile.

Bethlehem-Judah was to be the birthplace of our Kinsman Redeemer, as it was the birthplace of Boaz, Ruth’s kinsman redeemer.

Ruth’s relationship to Boaz is our relationship to Yahshua. He purchased our estate, so that we could ultimately inherit it again! Like Boaz, Jesus was a full-blooded Judahite through Mary, thereby fully qualified to be our Kinsman Redeemer.

Ruth, having submitted herself to Boaz’s authority, represents True Israel submitting ourselves to Yahshua’s authority. When she lay down at Boaz’s feet, she totally humbled herself to him. Likewise, we Israelites have to humble ourselves, completely, before Him!!!

Today's “churches” are represented by Orpah, who stayed in Moab, outside of Israel. Orpah does not enter the Kingdom, as she opted to stay in the “state” of Moab. Outside of truth.



Notes from Eli James   Parable of Ruth

Ruth 1:1 The famine in this verse can be viewed as the End Time “famine” of word.

Ruth 1:2-5 Elimelech and Naomi represent Abraham and Sarah, who are dead to the Judeo-Christians. The Judeos reject the Old Testament, calling it a “Jewish book”. The Jews are not Israel.

The self-proclaimed “New Testament Christians” are dead to their heritage because they have rejected their kinship and ancestry, all because of the lie that the Jews are Israel. This spiritual suicide will lead, ultimately, to the rejection of their Covenant Relationship to Yahshua. If they reject His terms, how can He possibly accept them into the Kingdom? They are the foolish virgins, who reject their Israelite heritage.

Ruth 1:6-13  Here, Naomi represents today’s “churches”, who have totally abandoned true Christianity, along with their Covenant relationship to Yahshua.

Ruth 1:14-22 But Ruth will have none of it. She is determined to go back to Bethlehem, the “land” of her kinsmen. (her gods, means her judges, people)

Ruth 2:1 Boaz is introduced as a kinsman of her mother-in-law. Here Boaz clearly represents our KINSMAN Redeemer, Yahshua!!!!

Ruth 2:2-3 Ruth is determined to stay in the company of Boaz. Here, she represents the Remnant, sticking to OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER, Yahshua.

Ruth 2:4-7 Boaz instructs His servants to keep a watchful eye upon Ruth. This is Yahweh keeping His tender, loving, watchful eye (His angels) upon His Remnant, those who will eventually become the Bride of Christ.

Ruth 2:8-10 Boaz, representing Yahweh, cautions Ruth, representing the Remnant, to glean only in His fields. Do not go after other gods. Do not go after the false doctrines of the false priests of Apostianity.

In Verse 10, Ruth considers herself a “stranger.” This means that she is one of the “lost sheep”, who is willing to come back into the fold.

Ruth 2:11-13 In these verses, Boaz (Yahweh) is telling Ruth (Israel) that her estrangement is over. She is being welcomed back into the Household of True Israel. She is awakening to her kinship relationship with Yahweh.

Ruth 2:14-15 This is the Passover meal of the New Covenant, the Last Supper. In verse 14, she ate and was satisfied. She eats of the “bread” of the New Covenant. In verse 15, she is “risen up.” This is a mini-parable of the Last Supper and the rising of Messiah from the dead! The sheaves of Verse 15 can only be the Wave Sheaf offering - Jesus Christ, the first of the FIRSTFRUITS.

Ruth 2:16-17 Ruth continues to gleaned, meaning that she is absorbing the knowledge of the Scriptures, coming into awareness of her Covenant relationship with Yahshua.

Ruth 2:18-23  The “young men” of verse 21 represent the Israelites, who were the First Christians of Pentecost (See Acts 1,2)

In verse 23, Ruth stayed with the maidens of Bethlehem, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. The summer harvest of the spring wheat coincided with the countdown to Pentecost, the harvest of the Firstfruits. (Joel 3:23-27.)

Ruth 3:1-3 The full restoration of Israel to her covenant relationship cannot occur until the Remnant of all twelve tribes come into realization of their Israelite identity. This is happening today.

Ruth 3:4-7 We, His Remnant, the future Bride of Christ, must submit ourselves humbly to Him, laying ourselves down AT HIS FEET, waiting for Him to return (awaken).

In these verses, Ruth represents Israel understanding what she must do in order to prepare herself as the Bride of Christ. Naomi represents the Old Testament (RIGHTEOUSNESS) wisdom that urges her on.

Ruth 3:9 Boaz (Yahweh) asks “Do you know your Identity?”  This is True Israel finally recognizing her true relationship with her Kinsman Redeemer!

Ruth 3:10-14 The unnamed nearer kinsman is symbolic of today's “churches”, WHO ARE NOT WILLING TO MARRY RUTH! They want to stay in their familiar and false doctrine.

Ruth 3:15 The veil that hides her identity will become her wedding veil!!!

Ruth 3:16 Ruth explains that she now anticipates that she is a bride-to-be, the lady in waiting for her groom.

Ruth 3:17 The six measures of barley may represent the measure of sin since Adam and Eve in the Garden, over six thousand years ago.

Ruth 3:18 Yahshua will not rest until He completes His mission.

Ruth 4:1-5 These verses detail the legal requirements for redeeming Ruth and her property. She must be redeemed before she can be married.

Ruth 4:5-10 Firstborn by law will carry on name of Mahlon. Symbolically, cast-off, widowed Israel, in being married to Yahshua, is reclaimed in the name of Yahweh, our first “husband.”

Ruth 4:11-12 Ruth is to become as famous, remembered.


Ruth 4:14 Naomi represents joy 7 Fold. Israel’s glory will be restored sevenfold.

Ruth 4:15-16  Naomi, symbol of the Old Testament prophets and lawgivers, nurses Obed (Servant).

The Old Testament is returned to its rightful place in our history and heritage. By teaching and learning from the Old Wine and the New Wine, we are the only ones who qualify as the Bride of Christ.

Ruth 4:17 Israel Restored. The lineage of Messiah continues to this day!

Ruth 4:18-22 The lineage of Messiah confirmed.



Harlots and Innkeepers

Rahab, the mother of Boaz, who is supposed to be a Canaanite harlot. But is not.

Every Bible translator and commentator, without exception, associates her with, or directly identifies her as `Rahab the harlot' who was saved alive from the massacre of Jericho. But the foregoing evidence shows that after the debacle at the first battle for Ai, no Israelite had dared to disobey God by marrying a Canaanite or any other foreign woman for at least 30 years after crossing the Jordan. Furthermore, Leviticus 21:7,14, state that no priest of God's Tabernacle was to take a harlot for his wife, and verse 9 states that if even the daughter of a priest played the harlot, she was to be killed and burnt in the fire.



Teaching letter #47   Clifton Emahiser


Rahab, the so-called harlot, lied and it was accounted to her as righteousness. The story is found in Joshua (pronounced Yahshua) chapter 2. It seems that someone reported to the king of Jericho that she was sheltering two Israelite spies. On this news, the king sent his policemen to Rahab’s residence inquiring of these two men. Her answer is recorded in verse 4:


... There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were ... ”


Not only did she know who they were, but she sheltered them; made an agreement in league with them; misdirected their pursuers and gave them aid and comfort. Thus, her lie was increased fourfold. If one were to ask the average preacher of today, he would say that Rahab was a Canaanite and also a whore. If one will read Far Above Rubies by Isabel Hill Elder, one will discover that Rahab was of the Tribe of Ephraim, and that she ran an Embassy, not a whorehouse, (pages 41-51). Interestingly, if true, that would make our Redeemer from both Judah and Joseph, but lineage always follows the father.


For telling this lie and aiding the Israelite spies, we are told the following about Rahab in Hebrews 11:31 & James 2:25:


By faith the harlot [Embassy keeper] Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”


Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot [Embassy keeper] justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?”


It is apparent that it is not a matter of lying, but who, when, where, why and under what circumstances we are to avoid the truth. It is evident that one is not required to tell an enemy the truth, even sometimes on occasions when they are our kinsmen. Usually, our kinsmen become our enemy when they have been influenced by the Cain-Satanic-seedline. Furthermore, there are times when certain unscrupulous prying people ask questions which are really none of their business, for which one is not obligated to give a true answer.





Below are 3 sources of what the modern churches preach today about the book of Ruth.

The purpose is to expose the apostasy and perversion of the scriptures, and to educate our people about the truth of our heritage. That we, the anglo-saxon race who are the descendants of ancient Israel, are the people of Abraham's seed and therefore the heirs of the promises of Yahweh. Not the Jews who distort and pervert the scriptures and teach the 'traditions of men'.

The book of Ruth is the Narrative of a love story, yet also has some important Genealogy. The timeline of this book is intertwined during the period of the Judges. The author was anonymous but some believe it was perhaps written by Samuel the prophet; however, it is unlikely that he was alive when this book was written. It was written about 1046-1035 B.C. Key personalities include Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz.

Its purpose was to demonstrate the kind of love, and faithfulness that God desires for us. It shows the difference between what happens when a nation does not follow in obedience to the covenant of God (Judges), and when God’s people follow in faithfulness within the covenant (Ruth).

• In chapter 1, Ruth remains loyal to her mother-in-law Naomi after the death of her husband and in-laws. Naomi decides to return to her home land of Bethlehem alone, however, Ruth insists on staying with her and adopting Naomi’s God as her own. “But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (1:16). As demonstrated above, today's preachers do not understand Hebrew idioms. Please review notes above in chapter 1 regarding the confusion of these idioms and words.

• Chapter 2 we see Ruth gleaning in the fields of Naomi’s relative Boaz. Boaz out of compassion and obedience to the law allows Ruth to glean but also leaves extra grain for her purposely.

• In chapter 3, Naomi encourages Ruth to seek marriage with Boaz as a kinsman redeemer. Ruth obeys Naomi and asks for her rights and Boaz agrees but mentions that he must first be sure there are no others with first rights.

• Chapter 4 Boaz and Ruth are married and Ruth conceives a son named Obed, the grandfather of the great King David, in the lineage of Christ our Messiah.

Summary of the Book of Ruth


The book is named after one of its main characters, a young woman of Moab, the great-grandmother of David and an ancestress of Jesus (4:21-22; Mt 1:1,5). The only other Biblical book bearing the name of a woman is Esther.


The story is set in the time of the judges, a time characterized in the book of Judges as a period of religious and moral degeneracy, national disunity and frequent foreign oppression. The book of Ruth reflects a time of peace between Israel and Moab (Jdg 3:12-30). There's peace because there were no Moabites in Moab at the time, Israel occupied the land for 400 years. Like 1Sa 1-2, it gives a series of intimate glimpses into the private lives of the members of an Israelite family. It also presents a delightful account of the remnant of true faith and piety in the period of the judges, relieving an otherwise wholly dark picture of that era.

Author and Date of Writing

The author is unknown. Jewish (Judahite) tradition points to Samuel, but it is unlikely that he is the author because the mention of David (4:17,22) implies a later date. Further, the literary style of Hebrew used in Ruth suggests that it was written during the period of the monarchy. The Jews are descendants of Cain and Esau, they are not Israelites. Jew is a deliberate and incorrect translation from the Israelite tribe Judah. The Jews use this stumblingblock to further their impersonation of true Israel.

Theme and Theology

The importance of faithful love in human relationships among God's kingdom people is powerfully underscored. The author focuses on Ruth's unswerving and selfless devotion to desolate Naomi (1:16-17; 2:11-12; 3:10; 4:15) and on Boaz's kindness to these two widows (chs. 2 - 4). He presents striking examples of lives that embody in their daily affairs the self-giving love that fulfills God's law (Lev 19:18; cf. Ro 13:10). Such love also reflects God's love, in a marvelous joining of human and divine actions (compare 2:12 with 3:9). In God's benevolence such lives are blessed and are made a blessing.

It may seem surprising that one who reflects God's love so clearly is a Moabitess. She was an Israelite living in Moab.  Yet her complete loyalty to the Israelite family into which she has been received by marriage and her total devotion to her desolate mother-in-law mark her as a true daughter of Israel and a worthy ancestress of David. The “churches” like to teach that she was a racial Moabite. Someone outside the race of Israel. Deuteronomy 23:3  An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of Yahweh; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of Yahweh for ever: Nehemiah 13:1  On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever.

Either the “churches” are right or Yahweh is a liar.

She strikingly exemplifies the truth that participation in the coming kingdom of God is decided, not by blood and birth, but by the conformity of one's life to the will of God through the "obedience that comes from faith" (Ro 1:5). Not by blood but conformity? Does this commentator even read the scriptures?! The Bible is all about an exclusive bloodline and rejects all others. You cannot become a child of God's by “believing”. It is absolutely genetic. Her place in the ancestry of David signifies that all nations will be represented in the kingdom of David's greater Son.  All nations of Jacob Israel.

As an episode in the ancestry of David, the book of Ruth sheds light on his role in the history of redemption. Redemption is a key concept throughout the account; the Hebrew word in its various forms occurs 23 times. The book is primarily a story of Naomi's transformation from despair to happiness through the selfless, God-blessed acts of Ruth and Boaz. She moves from emptiness to fullness (1:21; 3:17), from destitution (1:1-5) to security and hope (4:13-17). Similarly, Israel was transformed from national desperation at the death of Eli (1Sa 4:18) to peace and prosperity in the early days of Solomon (1Ki 4:20-34; 5:4) through the selfless devotion of David, a true descendant of Ruth and Boaz. If Ruth was not an Israelite, then David would be a bastard, a mixed breed. As would Christ. If you believe God accepts race mixing, you may as well throw your bible away because it is all about remaining separate from the other races! The scriptures teach exclusivity and separateness. The “churches” teach race mixing and universalism. The author thus reminded Israel that the reign of the house of David, as the means of God's benevolent rule in Israel, held the prospect of God's promised peace and rest. But this rest would continue only so long as those who participated in the kingdom -- prince and people alike -- reflected in their daily lives the selfless love exemplified by Ruth and Boaz. In Jesus, the great "son of David" (Mt 1:1), and his redemptive work, the promised blessings of the kingdom of God find their fulfillment.

Who wrote the book?

According to the Talmud (Jewish tradition), the prophet Samuel wrote the book of Ruth. Now let's put on our thinking cap. If the Talmud is the Jews Bible, then what does that make Christianity? The Jews are the devil's children through Cain and Esau. They are the most race mixed people on earth. The Bible is the book of the generations of Adam and more specifically of the sons of Jacob. We are descendants of Jacob. We are the pure chosen line. The Jews are liars and the lusts of their father they will do. The deception is world wide. The Jews are NOT Israel.

The final words of the book link Ruth with her great-grandson, David (Ruth 4:17–22), so we know it was written after his anointing. The genealogy at the end of the book shows David’s lineage through the days of the judges, acting as a support for his rightful kingship. Solomon is not mentioned, leading some to believe the book was written before David ascended the throne.

Where are we?

The events of Ruth occurred sometime between 1160 BC and 1100 BC, during the latter period of the judges (Ruth 1:1). These were dark days, full of suffering brought about by the Israelites’ apostasy and immorality. Part of the judgments God brought upon His sinful people included famine and war. The book of Ruth opens with a report of famine, which drove Naomi’s family out of Bethlehem into neighboring Moab. Naomi eventually returned with Ruth because she heard “that the LORD had visited His people in giving them food” (1:6).

Readers can identify this interlude as part of the cyclical pattern of sin, suffering, supplication, and salvation found in Judges. But this story stands as a ray of light, showing the power of the love between God and His faithful people. The author gave the reader a snapshot perspective—one family, in a small town, at the threshing floor—as opposed to the broader narratives found in Judges.

Why is Ruth so important?

The book was written from Naomi’s point of view. Every event related back to her: her husband’s and sons’ deaths, her daughters-in-law, her return to Bethlehem, her God, her relative, Boaz, her land to sell, and her progeny. Almost without peer in Scripture, this story views “God through the eyes of a woman.”

Naomi has been compared to a female Job. She lost everything: home, husband, and sons—and even more than Job did—her livelihood. She joined the ranks of Israel’s lowest members: the poor and the widowed. She cried out in her grief and neglected to see the gift that God placed in her path—Ruth.

Ruth herself embodied loyal love. Her moving vow of loyalty (Ruth 1:16–17), though obviously not marital in nature, is often included in modern wedding ceremonies to communicate the depths of devotion to which the new couples aspire. The book reveals the extent of God’s grace—He accepted Ruth into His chosen people and honored her with a role in continuing the family line into which His appointed king, David, and later His Son, Jesus, would be born (Matthew 1:1, 5). More lies. Yahweh accepted Ruth because she was an Israelite, likely of the tribe of Reuben. Yahweh make His covenants and promises to only Israel. It's the “churches” that add everybody else.

What's the big idea?

Obedience in everyday life pleases God. When we reflect His character through our interactions with others, we bring glory to Him. Ruth’s sacrifice and hard work to provide for Naomi reflected God’s love. Boaz’s loyalty to his kinsman, Naomi’s husband, reflected God’s faithfulness. Naomi’s plan for Ruth’s future reflected selfless love.

The book of Ruth showed the Israelites the blessings that obedience could bring. It showed them the loving, faithful nature of their God. This book demonstrates that God responds to His people’s cry. He practices what He preaches, so to speak. Watching Him provide for Naomi and Ruth, two widows with little prospects for a future, we learn that He cares for the outcasts of society just as He asks us to do (Jeremiah 22:16; James 1:27).

How do I apply this?

The book of Ruth came along at a time of irresponsible living in Israel’s history and appropriately called the people back to a greater responsibility and faithfulness before God—even in difficult times. This call applies just as clearly to us today. Because we are the descendants of those Israelites. The “churches” teach that the tribes of Israel disappeared. More lies.

We belong to a loving, faithful, and powerful God who has never failed to care and provide for His children. Like Ruth and Boaz, we are called to respond to that divine grace in faithful obedience, in spite of the godless culture in which we live. Are you willing?